Havana, Cuba Cruise Port
The aroma of famous cigars floating through the air, cars from different centuries creating a moving exhibit in the streets, waves crashing against a mildewed sea wall and music accompanying the captivating movements of the Caribbean dances is just a piece of what the cruise port of Havana has to offer. Discovered in 1492 by Christopher Columbus and ruled by Spain for about four centuries, Cuba developed into a rich agricultural base known for its booming sugar industry and strategic location in the Caribbean. However, it was not until 1899 that she gained her independence, went through a historic revolution under Fidel Castro, and later withdrew from political and economic dependence on the Soviet Union after the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe. The dramatic history of the cruise port of Havana, Cuba is written in the cracks of dilapidated buildings around street corners. Yet the thousands of architectural treasures, dozens of top-notch museums, gracious avenues, spectacular promenades, wonderful music, friendly people and breathtaking vistas make Havana too audacious, too contradictory, and too beautiful to be written off.
Feel the pulse of music as you meander along the narrow lanes of Vieja Habana (Old Havana). This treasure trove of architectural gems with rumba riffs rolling through quaint cobbled squares is where the main attraction lies. Wander just a few blocks away and you will see the crumbling colonial charm Havana is known for. Walk through the Museum of Revolution, the National Museum of Fine Arts and Havana Theatre for a better understanding of this city’s charm and splendor. Don’t forget to enjoy a delicious daiquiri, Cuban style!
The iconic 16th century Castillo del Morro (Morro Castle) is one of the most powerful symbols of Havana with a rich history soaked in war and subsequent victory. Situated on a rocky promontory at the entrance of the bay of the city, this fortress takes its name from one of the Biblical Wise Men and places Havana on several lists of ‘must-see’ destinations.
For a more relaxing day in the soft, white sands and clear aquamarine waters of Havana’s coastline, head out to Playas del Este. Extending nearly 4 miles along the north-central coastline of Cuba, this spot is ideal for swimming, water sports and simply interacting with locals while you throw your feet up in the air and sip on your favorite Cuban cocktail.